E. Guigal Hermitage Rouge 2003
Eye: Deep ruby red with violet tinges. Nose: Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas. Palate: A powerful and tannic wine. Aromas of blackcurrant buds and vanilla. A spicy finish with liquorice. Overall: A racy and seductive wine. A perfect wine for putting down. Food and wine matching: Small game, red meat and cheese.
Ripe and concentrated, this shows plum, currant and cherry fruit intertwined with spice, espresso and black licorice notes. Has a tarry, slightly raisined edge to the finish, but the structure and heady fruit take an encore, boding well for cellaring, though you may always wrestle with the tannins. Best from 2008 through 2017.